09/04/2014 4:50PM

Mohawk: Saturday 9/6 Analysis


Race 4 - $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool

Best Bet: SHAMBALLA (2nd)

Spot Play: THE SHOW RETURNS (9th)


Race 1

(1) WESTERN VINTAGE did most of the work on the front end last week en route to a second-place finish for trainer Nancy Johansson. (4) DANCIN HILL closed very well last week in the same dash as Western Vintage to finish third. (6) ON GOLDEN PONDER remains a perfect three-for-three to begin his season after winning four of nine last season.

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Race 2

(2) SHAMBALLA gets an inside post this week after tasting defeat last start for trainer/driver Rick Zeron from a post 10 begin. (3) SILVERHILL SHADOW draws inside, comes from the Moore barn and has won three of his last five starts. (4) COBBLE BEACH has hit the board in three of his last four starts, draws inside and shows 1:49-1:50 speed in recent outings.

Race 3

(6) RESISTANCE FUTILE has been a different horse in his last two starts with a pair of sub-1:50 wins for trainer Blair Burgess - his only two wins on the year. (5) PISTON BROKE was a winner in this class two starts back and didn't get the best trip last week for trainer Rob Fellows. (2) DUVOTO HANOVER was a winner last week in this class at a low price of 3-1.

Race 4

(4) LYONS LEVI LEWIS finished second last week in the Metro Final therefore is hard to overlook for top honours in this class. (2) FREEDOMFORMYSOUL has hit the board in four of his last six starts, draws inside and showed the speed required in his latest third-place finish at Vernon Downs in 1:52. (6) SOME POWER comes from the Casie Coleman barn therefore can't be counted out and the son of Somebeachsomewhere disappointed in his Metro elimination as he didn't advance to the rich final.

Race 5

(1) SLIP INTO GLIDE was the favourite last week in this class, but made a miscue and wasn't a factor. (6) FEARLESS MAN had been racing in the Preferred Trot two and three starts back before facing class relief which resulted in a victory for trainer/driver Zeron. (7) ZEUS LIGHTNING has all kinds of back class to offer with earnings approaching $500K and hasn't missed the board in each of his last three starts.

Race 6

(7) SHAKAI HANOVER raced tremendous last start in the final of the Shes A Great Lady considering she got away near the back and closed from ninth-to-third in deep stretch. (3) SHES A HOT MESS wouldn't have received much consideration in this dash if it wasn't for her most recent raceline. (1) HAPPY BECKY remained undefeated until two starts ago as she had to settle for second before not getting a cheque in the Shes A Great Lady final.

Race 7

(9) EVENIN OF PLEASURE dropped out of the Preferred class last week and went gate-to-wire in 1:50 with a :26 4/5 final quarter as the favourite. (4) APPRENTICE HANOVER perhaps isn't the same horse that we seen on this circuit earlier in the year, but certainly is competitive in this lower level on this circuit. (3) AMERICAN GI may offer a price again this week, but is worth a look based on his closing speed from last week to be timed in 1:50 in this class for trainer Marty Fine.

Race 8

(1) LYONS AGAIN hasn't won yet this season, but finished third in the Metro Final and is due for a winning effort for trainer Ron Burke. (2) TRACEUR HANOVER raced very well to finish fourth in the Metro Final, draws inside and comes from top connections. (8) SOUTHWIND INDY is fresh off a win for trainer Casie Coleman in gate-to-wire fashion in a good overall time and quick final quarter speed.

Race 9

(6) THE SHOW RETURNS offered a nice price last week en route to victory and perhaps that effort was a sign of better things to come. (1) SOLAR SISTER draws inside and raced very well to finish fifth last week in the final of the Shes A Great Lady. (2) SPORTS CHIC has been a dominant performer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this season for trainer Blake Macintosh with earnings approaching $140K.

Race 10

(5) DUC DORLEANS drops in class once again this week and will look to capitalize for trainer Jacques Dupont. (6) CHAMPAGNE PHIL debuted for trainer Dean Nixon last week and found the wire first, by a head, in 1:50 3/5. (10) TWIN B IMPRESSIVE will need to overcome post 10 tonight, but he comes from the Richard Moreau barn, gets Sylvain Filion in the bike and has been the picture of consistency in many weeks at this level.

Race 11

(2) JET AIRWAY tasted defeat last week as the heavy favourite and had to settle for fifth. He didn't appear to be at his best and suffered an unfortunate trip with traffic trouble on the outside. (5) MELMERBY BEACH was the winner last week in a new career best clocking of 1:50. (1) THREE OF CLUBS went a big trip in his latest at Northfield to close and finish third in 1:50 1/5 over the half-mile track oval.

Race 12

(7) REAL ROCKER will get Scott Zeron in the bike tonight and that certainly doesn't hurt his chances. The four-year-old just missed two back following the claim by Fellows and went a tough trip last week from a post 10 start. (5) SCREEN THE CALL was a game second last week at 28-1in this class for trainer Marty Fine. (10) MACHAL JORDAN raced very strongly last week as he closed with a :27 1/5 final quarter to get within one length of the leader at the wire.

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